Room for Rent and other rental scams
#115790 by Con Warner Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:39 pm
From: [email protected]
To:
Subject: RE: Craigs list - PostingID: 3153414324
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2012 02:38:13 -0700

Thanks for your swift response regarding my property, the home is currently vacant and it is available for move in. I am Lisa James the owner of the property, my husband and I worked for US-AID. We got transfer too Columbus, Ohio few weeks ago and we are looking to rent our home ASAP.

The rent includes all utilities and the security deposit is $800, Utilities like washer, dryer, gas, electricity, Dishwasher, Electric Stove, Fridge are included in the rental fee and pets are allowed. We would be staying here in Ohio for a long time and this is why we are actually renting our Home. So if you are interested and willing to take good care of our place then we will be ready to accept you as our future tenant. Also if you interested in moving in immediately or ASAP kindly reach us on 614) 238-8625 serious rental only.

FIRST MONTH RENT
PLUS DEPOSIT OF $800 NEEDED FOR MOVING IN.

PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF (Application Form)

Full Name:
Desire date of Occupancy:
Desire Length of Occupancy:
Occupation:
Cell Phone ( )
Home Phone ( )
Current Address:
Apt#:
City:
State:
Zip:
Reasons for Leaving:
Current Rent Payment:
Pets:
Are you married:
How many people will be living in the house:
Do you have a pet:
Do you have a car:
Current Employer:
If a student:
Name of School:


Please Note that we are not available to show you the inside of our home but we can attach and send you photos.Also feel free to drive by the property to view the exterior and I assure you that you will love it. Once we preview your application and accept you as our new tenant the keys will be sent to you via DHL.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Lisa & George James.
614) 238-8625.


This person asks for a deposit payment via Western Union, MoneyGram or bank transfer with a promise that you can have the keys to a property that does not belong to him.

Sounds safe. It's not!

At other times, he will ask for proof that you are able to pay the deposit and rent due to a string of time wasters.
This proof is in the form of a Western Union or MoneyGram payment to a lawyer,a friend or family member.

In either case, if payment is made and you give this person the details, they will collect the money.
You will not hear from them again.

If you are reading this because you are looking for property to rent, and you are in contact with this thief you are probably searching Craigslist, Gumtree or similar listing sites. If you receive any requests from 'Landlords' asking for some kind of payment before viewing, then it will also be a scam. Please forward the mail to me at the address in my signature line and I will investigate and list them if necessary.

Email: [email protected]

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#116729 by dr zen Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:40 am
Hi,

This is true. I just got spammed also. the email has changed: They're called Lisa & George and had to move quickly to Ohio. their email is now [email protected]. Luckily, I saw this spam warning before and did not send them the money. They will even send you very nice pictures that give you the urge to simply send the money.

At 700$ for renting a 2 bedroom condo, that's too good to be true. And their number only has a voicemail, no one ever answers: 614-238-8625.

Disgusting. Thanks for the warning
#117346 by ilikecookies Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:34 pm
They must be all over these 2, I got an email from them because they've "moved to California", they're trying to rent out a couple of places in the Vancouver,BC area.

Thanks for your swift response regarding my property, the home is currently vacant and it is available for move in. I am Lisa James the owner of the property, my husband & I got transfer too Fullerton,Ca few weeks ago and we are looking to rent our home ASAP.

The rent includes all utilities like washer, dryer, gas, electricity, Dishwasher, Electric Stove, Fridge are included in the rental fee. We would be staying here in California for a long time and this is why we are actually renting our Home.I am not after the money for the rent but looking for a trustworthy/responsible person too occupy our home.The keys/documents are right here with us but feel free to go view the exterior and once accepted as our new tenant the keys would be sent to you via FEDEX courier service.

If you interested in moving in immediately or ASAP kindly fill out the application below and also feel free to reach us on (614) 238-8625 serious rental only.

FIRST MONTH RENT
PLUS DEPOSIT OF $400 NEEDED FOR MOVING IN.
PETS OK

APPLICATION FORM
Full Name:
Desire date of Occupancy:
Desire Length of Occupancy:
Occupation:
Cell Phone ( )
Home Phone ( )
Current Address:
Apt#:
City:
State:
Zip:
Reasons for Leaving:
Current Rent Payment:
Are you married:
How many people will be living in the house:
Do you have a pet:
Do you have a car:
Current Employer:
If a student:
Name of School:

Once I have all this information I will let you know what the next step to take toward renting our home. Looking forward to hear from you ASAP so I can have the required details in my file In case of issuing receipts and contacting you.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Lisa & George James.
CELL # 614) 238-8625.


Idiots.
#117351 by Gare Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:38 pm
I have been a victim of this scam, I am currently trying to recover my losses however the RCMP have said that i am more than likely "shit out of luck" attached is the email in regards to this scam.

"Thanks for your swift response regarding my property, the home is currently vacant and it is available for move in. I am Lisa James the owner of the property, my husband and I got transfer too Columbus, Ohio few weeks ago and we are looking to rent our home ASAP.

The rent includes all utilities and the security deposit is $400, Utilities like washer, dryer, gas, electricity, Dishwasher, Electric Stove, Fridge are included in the rental fee and pets are allowed. We would be staying here in Ohio for a long time and this is why we are actually renting our Home. So if you are interested and willing to take good care of our place then we will be ready to accept you as our future tenant. Also

if you interested in moving in immediately or ASAP kindly reach us on 614) 238-8625 serious rental only.

FIRST MONTH RENT
PLUS DEPOSIT OF $400 NEEDED FOR MOVING IN.

PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF (Application Form)

Full Name:
Desire date of Occupancy:
Desire Length of Occupancy:
Occupation:
Cell Phone ( )
Home Phone ( )
Current Address:
Apt#:
City:
State:
Zip:
Reasons for Leaving:
Current Rent Payment:
Pets:
Are you married:
How many people will be living in the house:
Do you have a pet:
Do you have a car:
Current Employer:
If a student:
Name of School:

Please Note that we are not available to show you the inside of our home but we can attach and send you photos.Also feel free to drive by the property to view the exterior and I assure you that you will love it. Once we preview your application and accept you as our new tenant the keys will be sent to you via DHL.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Lisa & George James.
CELL # (614) 238-8625
#133775 by peaches2304 Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:49 pm
I just received this scam for an apartment in Mississauga....

Thanks for your email and interest in renting my apartment, the property is in a secured neighborhood fully furnished with all necessary amenities. it has a very large bedrooms with spacious in built wardrobe , living room with dining area, 2 bathroom, dishwasher, washing machine and clothes dryer. The home comes with two parking spots, a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don't like it and you want use your furniture). Pets allowed. The home is in perfect living condition and everything is included (water, electricity, Internet, cable, parking, air conditioning, fireplace, dishwasher, garbage) in the rent.

First Month Rent Plus refundable security deposit needing for moving in immediately. If you are not moving in immediately, you would be required to make a down payment of $700 for the security deposit Non- negotiable, to hold property till desired move in date. Also the property is open for short/long term rentals the lease term is negotiable.

Property is available for move in immediately but Unfortunately I would not be present in person to show you the property due to my recent job transfer to Brooklyn,Ny and I dont have a local representative to show the place due to my transfer.I can only attach and send you photos at this time so if you are interested in renting the property and willing to work with me despite my absence kindly get back to me ASAP so I can forward you the Rental Application and the steps in renting my home.

Feel Free to reach me on my Cell Phone # (614) 238-8625.

Regards.
Jeremiah & Judy Jusino.
#133937 by Leftertac Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:37 am
So glad I found this thread!

I replied to this ad posted on craigslist: http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/oak/apa/3406191908.html

I thought it was too good to be true but I sent an email anyway, thinking it wouldn't hurt. This is the email that was sent back to me:


Thanks for your email and interest in renting my apartment, the property is in a secured neighborhood fully furnished with all necessary amenities. it has a very large bedrooms with spacious in built wardrobe , living room with dining area, 2 bathroom, dishwasher, washing machine and clothes dryer. The home comes with two parking spots, a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don't like it and you want use your furniture). Pets allowed. The home is in perfect living condition and everything is included (water, electricity, Internet, cable, parking, air conditioning, fireplace, dishwasher, garbage) in the rent.

First Month Rent Plus refundable security deposit needing for moving in immediately. If you are not moving in immediately, you would be required to make a down payment of $700 for the security deposit Non- negotiable, to hold property till desired move in date. Also the property is open for short/long term rentals the lease term is negotiable.

Property is available for move in immediately but Unfortunately I would not be present in person to show you the property due to my recent job transfer to Brooklyn,Ny and I dont have a local representative to show the place due to my transfer.I can only attach and send you photos at this time so if you are interested in renting the property and willing to work with me despite my absence kindly get back to me ASAP so I can forward you the Rental Application and the steps in renting my home.

Feel Free to reach me on my Cell Phone # (614) 238-8625.

Regards.
Jeremiah & Judy Jusino.


Sound very familiar?!! Anyway, thanks for putting this forum up Mr. Con Watcher.
#135033 by spamdascam Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:33 pm
This piece of sh*t is scamming Hawaii now.
Dubious advice removed - CW

The message:
Thanks for your email and interest in renting my apartment, the property is in a secured neighborhood fully furnished with all necessary amenities. it has a very large bedrooms with spacious in built wardrobe , living room with dining area, 2 bathroom, dishwasher, washing machine and clothes dryer. The home comes with two parking spots, a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don't like it and you want use your furniture). Pets allowed. The home is in perfect living condition and everything is included (water, electricity, Internet, cable, parking, air conditioning, fireplace, dishwasher, garbage) in the rent.

First Month Rent needed for moving in immediately. If you are not moving in immediately, you would be required to make a down payment of $700 for the security deposit Non- negotiable, to hold property till desired move in date. Also the property is open for short/long term rentals the lease term is negotiable.
Property is available for move in immediately but i am not available to show you the place due to my recent job transfer to Boca Raton, FL.I can only attach and send you photos at this time so if you are interested in renting the property and willing to work with me despite my absence kindly get back to me ASAP so I can forward you the Rental Application and the steps in renting my home.

Feel Free to reach me on my Cell Phone # (614) 238-8625.

Regards.
Samuel .E. David.
#153949 by swaid07 Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:03 am
Wow, they travel everywhere. I am so disappointed. I knew that it was too good to be true and didn't go through with it. Here was mine. Does the name and address they gave me help you find these awful people?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

After previewing all your info provided in the application, you have been accepted to be the new occupant of my home. I will be sending you the keys/papers through FEDEX to the address you provided in the rental application so you could occupy our home ASAP.



I need you to know that am renting my home to you based on trust do not disappoint me because am putting everything in GODS hand.



Below is the information that you will use to make the Payments through Western Union Money Transfer.



Receivers Name: Peter lariviere

Address:106 Main Street,

City: Worcester

State: Massachusetts

Zip code: 01608

Amount: 700



ALSO GET BACK TO ME WHEN PAYMENT IS BEEN MADE WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION'S BELOW.



SENDERS NAME................?

SENDERS ADDRESS................?

AMOUNT SENT.................... ?

MTCN#........................?



As soon as the payment has been confirmed i will go right away to the FedEx office to send the package and get back to you with the Tracking number so as to know the status of the delivery. Also Ensure you be at home on the day of the delivery.



Kindly get back to me ASAP.

Regards.

Samuel David.
#168831 by neutron1188 Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:36 pm
I have established real phone contact with this scammer at the phone number shown in his email responses. Is there any way we can catch this guy? I know most cases are a lost cause, but I actually have spoken to him over the phone. If anyone has any ideas please let me know! thanks!
#168851 by began steele Fri Jun 14, 2013 2:27 pm
You can't catch scammers only find them out. They are such liars you can talk to someone and still not know who they are. Some scammers specialise in talking to victims and some may be victims of a job scam. Not all scammers are uneducated and have obvious Nigerian (etc. )accents. It's professional crime you deal with, often carried out by simple criminals who get very little but it beats a life of no hope and they are on a payroll. They have a pay master and a protection racket to support in - old style crime. Believe me, the gangster films and Mafia are the teachers. Suspend reality and know all is possible. African Kray Brothers more like- hand in hand with murder and extortion.

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. ~~ George Orwell.

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